In recent years my respect for Frank Field, labour MP for Birkenhead, has steadily grown. Not only because he seems one of the few who refuses to put party before country, but his proposals have substance.
He was sacked earlier on in this administration because his free thinking on deep and difficult issues couldn't be tolerated - in particular his determination that means testing has to be stopped. Not only did he rightly say it was degrading, but it was ethically corrosive (people are rewarded for making themselves worse off, or for misrepresenting themselves as worse off than they really are) and both situations are expensive to administer.
That's the past. Today it is reported Mr Field calls Gordon Brown's economic policies 'Alice in Wonderland politics'.
"Our country is in such a state. We've printed money to buy our own debt. It's real Alice in Wonderland politics. We have to ask the world to lend us money. If we can't shift the debt, we're finished".
Isn't it refreshing to hear a politician spell out the present state of our economy. Nothing about recovery of course, because there is none, although the Mad Hatter wants us to believe the opposite.
A report published today from the Institute for Fiscal Studies also damns Gordon Brown's management of the public finance.
It said the last seven years of labour control had been characterised by "fiscal drift', leaving Britain with "one of the largest structural budgets deficits in the developed world".
Not a perfect start to Gordon Brown's week.